It’s a character trait some say is slipping away from the Millennial generation, the ones we define to currently be between the ages of 18 – 35. The generation that has grown up with the screen; TVs, computers, tablets and phones are all technologies readily available to everyone. I won’t pick on them too much though because I’m considered one. Yes, millennials have their issues, but so did the boomers and builders and whatever other generation stereotype you can come up with. This is a human thing, not a generational thing.
Our Proverbs for today says this,
Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
See the idea of Work Hard and eat isn’t new. In the agrarian culture, such as that during the time of scripture, this meant sowing and harvesting in the right seasons. It meant getting out under the sun, turning up the dirt, planting the seed and later picking your own food.
What we have now is something like this – go to work, put in 40-ish hours a week, wait two weeks to a month, receive a paycheck, either physically or by direct deposit. Most of us don’t have to actually plow the soil from which our food comes. We don’t have to go out and collect the eggs, thresh the wheat, hunt the meat or wait for the crops to grow.
The principle of hard work still remains though – you don’t work, you don’t eat. I know there are exceptions to this, but this is the point – Hard work = a reward. The scriptures, especially the Proverbs that we are going through is laced with this principle. Here are a few others passages;
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Work hard, Eat well. The two go hand in hand. We can’t expect others to take care of us. Parents can only do it for so long. The government won’t do it well. Our friends sure won’t put up with it. Churches and other charities can only give so much. I think it’s time we teach this ancient principle again. Our kids need to learn the value of working hard for something and the satisfaction that comes with succeeding.
I’ll tell you this. The things I take for granted most are the ones that have been handed to me. When I don’t work hard for it, I don’t appreciate it.